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Astera lighting has launched its NYX Bulb, one of the new breed of colour-tuneable LED bulbs for professional film, stage and event productions ASTERA NYX BULB PR I CE £90 / $ 1 1 9
TITAN ABOARD Astera’s Titan LED engine delivers precise colours and authentic white tones with an ultra-high CRI and TLCI, and emits 750 Lumens comparable to a conventional 60W bulb, drawing just 10W of power. The RGB + mint + amber LED engine is the same as that of Astera’s Titan Tube, so these sources can be mixed and matched together. NYX Bulb offers the same colour rendering – with CRI and TLCI at 96 to 98 and 3200 to 6500° Kelvin respectively – and a full range of precise colours unlocked through digital calibration. The tuneable white range goes from 1750 to 20,000K, and a full range of gel filter numbers can be reproduced. Control includes inbuilt LumenRadio wireless DMX, which can be run via any lighting console, as well as more locally via the aforementioned Astera app. The inbuilt Bluetooth receiver is a new feature, allowing users to control NYX bulbs directly from their smartphones without needing an Astera ART7 box, and will be available via a software update in the second half of the year. The first Astera NYX Bulb that is connected via the Bluetooth signal enables the control of all the other NYX Bulbs in the range.
YX Bulb is designed for gaffers, DOPs, lighting and set designers, visual artists and anyone
BELOW The NYX Bulb comes in a set of one or eight, with PowerStation included
needing adaptable practicals or feature lighting bulbs quickly and effectively. In addition to movie shoots and television studios, it’s also good for theatrical sets and for scenic elements on tour shows and live events. Being sized like a regular LED bulb, it’s lightweight, flexible and controllable. It comes complete with a CRMX receiver for wireless DMX, plus RF and Bluetooth modules for control via the Astera app on a smartphone or tablet. NYX Bulb can be powered via an E27 socket (E26 in the US version) or with a standard power bank. Due to its compact form, it is the first Astera light source to offer external battery options (rather than inbuilt).
MORE POWER A dual power option can be either 90-240V AC (via a UK E27 or US E26 socket). A DC socket is also available for connecting external batteries or power banks, for which a USB cable is included in the box along with the bulb. CupBouncer is one of the first offered accessories. When NYX Bulbs are used in conjunction with lampshades or other coverings, this is attached to the bulb via a suction cup and reflects light back towards the base, controlling the light spread. The Astera PowerStation is another (and pretty essential) multifunctional accessory, which has an inbuilt battery unit for powering NYX Bulbs. The PowerStation can also be used to programme the NYX Blubs with parameters such as DMX addresses, colours and other settings via its display and keyboard, and when the NYX Bulb is disconnected, these settings are retained. Rear-side magnets for hanging the NYX Bulb together with an integrated airline track, where several mounting grips and accessories can be connected, enhances the practical options for how and where NYX Bulb can be installed. Currently available through Astera’s global distribution network, NYX Bulbs are available as single units or in sets of eight, complete with a PowerStation included inside the case for charging and programming the bulbs. The PowerStation is also available as a single, stand-alone unit or as a set of eight PowerStations in a charging case, for setting up eight NYX Bulbs quickly and efficiently. MORE INFORMATION: astera-led.com
SEPTEMBER 2020 | DEF I N I T ION 13
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